Martha Graham

dancer

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action; and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. You must keep that channel open.

It is not for you to determine how good it is, or how valuable, or how it compares with other expressions. It is for you to keep it yours, clearly and directly.

— Martha Graham, dancer and choreographer (1894-1991)

Was Martha talking about dance and choreography or any creative impulse? To my thinking, her words apply to songwriters as well as anyone.

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